Malice

Malice needs nothing to live on; it can feed on itself.  A contentious spirit will find something to quarrel about.  A faultfinder will find occasion to accuse a Christian even if his life is as chaste as an icicle and pure as snow.  A man of ill will does not hesitate to attack, even if the object of his hatred be a prophet or the very Son of God Himself.  If John comes fasting, he says he has a devil; if Christ comes eating and drinking, he says He is a winebibber and a glutton.  Good men are made to appear evil by the simple trick of dredging up from his own heart the evil that is there and attributing it to them.

—A. W. Tozer, We Travel an Appointed Way